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RDW and Platelets high

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  • Posted By: ateclc
  • July 3, 2008
  • 11:30 PM

For the last 14 months I have been having pitting edema in the legs, along with spells of deep fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some light-headedness, erratic pulse (anywhere from 70-120), and B/P that spikes. Some numbness & tingling in arms, hands & feet, including some warm sensations in the feet. I have not been able to pinpoint a cause for the high B/P or erratic pulse. The pulse/ heart rate is never pounding, just fast, many times when lying down.

Below are test that have been "borderline" abnormal.

For 14 months my RDW &/or Platelets have either been high together or or one high and the other normal, my triglycerides have been consistently high for more than 1 year, HDL & LDL are normal. Last August & Sept., they were trying to treat the edema with Lasix when I had a gall bladder attack and had it removed. All symptoms & abnormal labs were attributed to that, but things have persisted.

In April I was 1 month late in my cycle. When I started I bled for 4 weeks, and continued to spot for 2, before starting again. It is now going on 3 weeks. Due to the heavy bleeding in May, I became anemic, with a 22 in Iron serum and a 4 in Ferritin. My hemoglobin, crit, MCV & MCH were also low but RDW and Platelets were high.

Due to some chest discomfort a C-Reactive Protein (Cardiac) was done, it was high at 5.73, I was told that it means there is an inflammation somewhere in my body and to continue iron supplements.

I have been on Provera for 1 week, bleeding has slowed. I am on 800 iron, B's, and a multi mineral. The Dr. tried Lisinopril for the edema, and it didn't help with that, but I haven't had anymore episodes of high B/P. I only took about 4 pills too. With the anemia my RLS has spread and gotten worse, I am on Mirapex for that and it is helping, this is the 1st time I have ever required meds for RLS. Other tests that were "slightly off"; spirometer revealed moderate restriction, oximeter - lowest SpO2 - 74% highest was 97%; 2 hours with lower than 90. An echocardiogram with a bubble test was unable to rule out ASD, with a note of a possible patent foramen ovale with left atrium mildly dilated. All other tests come back fine, ultrasounds of the abdomen, uterus, arteries and veins, and neck, cat-scan of the lungs and brain are all normal. A variety of other blood test also came back fine. No I don't use salt and I drink more than 8 glasses of water a day, my sodium level is at 137 consistently.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Liz

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